by Joy Gipson
TRINIDAD — A ribbon cutting and celebration for LivWell, a recreational marijuana dispensary located at 124 Santa Fe Trail in Trinidad, was held on May 13. A new member of the Trinidad Las Animas Chamber of Commerce, LivWell opened their new facility on January 4 this year in what was, for many years, the Monte Christo Lounge. LivWell’s owner, John Lord, has one of the largest businesses in the burgeoning local pot industry and boasts a 140,000 square foot grow facility.
Lord didn’t start out wanting to sell marijuana, but did rent out a warehouse to a small marijuana grow operation. The operaters shortly became discouraged and disillusioned with all the “red tape” and regulations that comes with the business. They eventually gave up on the operation and left Colorado, leaving Lord with a warehouse full of growing weed. He looked at the situation as a “glass half full” situation and quickly realized that this was an entirely new industry and a rare opportunity.
Lord’s prior experience as an entrepreneur made these challenges appear manageable, even though he had never used marijuana nor had any experience with it. He feels the industry is more sophisticated now and is growing up. He owns LivWell Enlightened Health and is currently looking at expanding his operation to other states, like Oregon.
John’s son, Michael Lord, works with him as Director of Business Development on mergers and acquisitions. Last year he debuted a partnership for growing and selling, Leafs by Snoop, with rapper Snoop Dogg.
The facility is open daily from 8 am to 6:50 pm.
Call 719-422-8251 or go to www.livwell.com for more information.